Wilton’s Jenny Andjelkovic, a mom of three children with multiple food allergies, will be recognized for her accomplishments and civic leadership during FARE‘s (Food Allergy Research & Education) third annual FARE Connecticut Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Greenwich Country Club. All proceeds will benefit FARE, the world’s largest private funder of food allergy research to assist the 32 million Americans living with food allergies.
“FARE leads the charge in promoting research, increasing awareness and providing access to medication and information,” said Andjelkovic. “All three of my children have multiple, life-threatening food allergies and FARE has been there for my family every step of the journey with their helpful resources. I feel flattered and humbled by the recognition, but it is absolutely my pleasure and such an honor to be involved in sharing their inspirational work to support local Connecticut families like mine.”
After earning her MS in Educational Psychology with a specialization in cognition and motivation for at-risk student populations, Jenny worked in non-profit management where she developed an after-school tutoring program for homeless children and served as the executive director of the Digital Blackboard Foundation in Seattle. She moved to New York City and worked in non-profit management as the quality of life program director at Working In Support of Education (W!SE). At W!SE she led a scholarship program teaching students from 100 New York City high schools to conduct college-level empirical research on social issues and implement real-world solutions.
The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. with a marketplace of local food allergy-friendly vendors. There will be a brief program followed by lunch and featured FARE speakers, including Lisa Gable, CEO of FARE and Stephanie Eisenbarth, MD, PhD, FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Grant Recipient, Yale School of Medicine. Hillary Carter, Sophie Dowling, Julie Karish and Katie Rogers, all of Greenwich, will serve as Luncheon co-chairs. For ticket information is available online.
Andjelkovic currently serves as the co-chair of Food Allergy Connecticut, a FARE-recognized support group coordinating family workshops and an annual Speaker Series to provide education and connect Fairfield County families managing life-threatening food allergies. She also supported FARE’s Heroes Walk as the 2015 and 2016 logistics chair and helped raised more than $25,000 over three years.